Nina Arwitz | Chief Executive Officer
Nina joined Volunteer Ireland in November 2014. Her background is in the environmental non-profit sector where she focused on social inclusion, engaging new audiences and volunteering; as well as fundraising, campaigning and strategic development. Nina is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Volunteer Ireland, and ensuring that we deliver our mission to promote the value of volunteering and increase the range and quality of volunteering in Ireland. She works to secure diverse funding, implement good governance practices and ensure that Volunteer Ireland is an effective and efficient organisation. Nina also represents Volunteer Ireland externally to raise the profile of volunteering, works with the public sector to emphasise the importance of volunteering in delivering the government’s strategic priorities, develops partnerships and explores new opportunities for growth and innovation in order to maximise our impact.
Terri O’Brien | Corporate and Programmes Manager
Terri is the longest serving member of staff in the organisation and has worked in a variety of roles throughout her time here. She currently manages our Corporate Volunteering Programme where she offers consultancy to companies on developing and evaluating their Employee Volunteer Programmes along with managing our corporate employee volunteer days ‘Team Impact Days’. She also leads on Investing in Volunteers, the Quality Standard for volunteer management and oversees a number of programme areas including our National Volunteer Management Conference, the Volunteer Ireland Awards and the Quality Standards programme for affiliate Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services.
Stuart Garland | Training and Programmes Manager
Stuart joined Volunteer Ireland in July 2014 and manages the National Volunteer Management & Leadership Training Programme and delivers bespoke training to national organisations. He was part of a team who developed accredited volunteer management & leadership training with NUI Galway. Stuart leads, develops and manages event and ambassador volunteering programmes. His experience spans over 26 years working in the NFP sector. He has direct extensive volunteer management experience with managing volunteer teams and worked as a Volunteer Manager for a national homeless charity. He was a National Accreditor for European Voluntary Service (EVS). He is a lead trainer in the use of Volunteer Impact Assessment and is an Assessor and Advisor for the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. He holds qualifications in Teaching and Learning, Event Management, Human Resource Management, First Line Management and Health, Safety & Welfare.
Emma Hopper | Operations and Development Manager
Emma began working with Volunteer Ireland in September 2014 and was promoted to Operations and Development Manager in April 2015. As an experienced Account Administrator and Sales Coordinator, Emma gained experience and knowledge of the corporate world in Ireland, Canada and the United States. Emma first became involved in volunteering through Gaisce – The President’s Award, and has spent time volunteering for charities in Ireland and at a community level. Emma’s role as Operations and Development Manager involves supporting and assisting the CEO in delivering the strategic direction of Volunteer Ireland and supporting the team in Finance, HR and IT. Emma is also involved in administering I-VOL; the national database of Irish volunteering opportunities and listings.
Paul Collins | Outcomes and Impacts Manager
Paul started working for Volunteer Ireland in March 2015. His role involves working with Volunteer Centres on all aspects of the Quality Standards Framework. Paul will work closely with all Volunteer Centres on a cycle of continuous quality improvement, communication and systems for measuring the impact of volunteering on individuals and organisations. Paul has volunteered for many organisations and is currently the youth coordinator with his local rugby club.
Amy Woods | Communications and Advocacy Manager
Amy joined Volunteer Ireland in August 2015 as Communications and Advocacy Officer and was promoted to the role of Manager in December 2018. Amy’s role involves managing Volunteer Ireland’s internal and external communications and supporting the organisation’s policy initiatives and events through awareness campaigns. Amy promotes Volunteer Ireland and volunteering through media relations, marketing, social media and online communications including coordinating Volunteer Ireland’s public awareness campaign for volunteering, ‘National Volunteering Week’ – overseeing all PR and marketing activity for the event. Amy also coordinates Volunteer Ireland’s policy and advocacy projects.
Niamh Byrne | Programmes and Development Officer
Niamh joined Volunteer Ireland in November 2015. Niamh has over 5 years’ experience working and volunteering within the non-profit sector and a background managing volunteers. Niamh’s current role involves developing and delivering Volunteer Ireland’s services in relation to volunteer management and volunteer management support. In addition, Niamh will also secure, develop, deliver and support volunteer management programmes and volunteer placement programmes that Volunteer Ireland undertakes on behalf of third parties.
Darren Cannon | Corporate Accounts Officer
Darren joined Volunteer Ireland as a Corporate Accounts Officer in September 2016. His role involves supporting and engaging corporate employees through organising Team Impact Days; where corporate employees are matched with a non-profit organisation project to deliver one-off practical volunteering. Darren has a background in IT but made the transition into the not-for-profit sector in 2013 by volunteering with his Local Employment Service. He has since worked with other not-for-profit organisations as a volunteer and project manager.
Anna Gallagher | Programme and Events Officer
Anna joined Volunteer Ireland in 2018 as Programme & Events Officer. Her role involves organising two of Volunteer Ireland’s flagship events, The Volunteer Ireland Awards and The National Volunteer Management Conference. Anna is also involved in running the Corporate Volunteering Programme, implementing Team Impact Day projects and Professional Skill Share events. Before joining Volunteer Ireland Anna was an entrepreneur and business owner and has amassed 5 years of business development experience as well as an expansive skill set in the areas of Events and Design. Anna is also a voluntary board member of Rowlagh Women’s Group in Clondalkin.
Sarah Johnston | Administration Officer
Sarah joined Volunteer Ireland in February 2019 as Administration Officer. She is an experienced Administrative Assistant with a history of working with civic & social organisations. Along with the administrative support of Volunteer Ireland’s office, Sarah is also Volunteer Ireland’s first point of contact and processes Garda Vetting applications for all our affiliate organisations. She has volunteered with a number of organisations and is currently a voluntary board member of An Óige Irish Youth Hostel Association.
Maura Molloy | Volunteer Network Support Officer
Maura joined Volunteer Ireland in April 2019 as Volunteer Network Support Officer. She is an experienced programme manager who has worked with community, corporate & civic organisations. Maura is responsible for supporting the needs of the national network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteering Information Services.
Zsé Varga | Volunteer Centre Development Manager
Zsé joined Volunteer Ireland in November 2019 as Volunteer Centre Development Manager. Her role is to manage the establishment of 7 new Volunteer Centres and to ensure that best practice is followed in all aspects of governance in the new Volunteer Centres. She brings extensive experience in facilitating diverse networks and in managing volunteers both in Ireland and her native Hungary. She has a background in volunteer management training and consultancy which she practiced in Ireland, Hungary, and many other European countries including Scotland and Serbia. Zsé is passionate about volunteering and sustainable volunteer management. She Blood Bikes East volunteer and also volunteers with 3 motorcycle trial clubs at their Dublin and Wicklow events.
Sacha Johnston | Training Officer
Sacha Johnston is a consultant and trainer, working in the Community and Voluntary sector since 2012. Sacha has worked with Volunteer Ireland on a range of projects including Quality Standards, Making it Matter, Investing in Volunteers, Event Volunteering, and now in a Capacity Building role to support Volunteer Centres to deliver training locally. Sacha was previously the Manager of the Dublin City South Volunteer Centre and has always had a keen interest in supporting organisations to develop high-quality volunteer programmes.